THE BALL – Ukrainian abdicates world title to continue fighting in war (Boxing)

Vasiliy Lomachenko, a 34-year-old Ukrainian boxer who won two gold medals at the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008 in the featherweight category and London 2012 in the lightweight category, will give up the fight for a world title of lightweights with Australian George Kambos Jr., in June to continue defending his country from Russian invasion while serving in the military.

Last month, the two-time Olympic champion closed the deal for the fight with Kamboosos, 28, holder of, among other WBA, IBF and WBO lightweight titles, which will take place on June 5 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, and although he already has approval from the Ukrainian government to go on an internship in Australia, he has chosen to stay in the country with his family, as the promoter of the dispute, Lou DiBella, revealed to ESPN, who has already assured the American Devin Haney, 23 years old, to fight in place of the Ukrainian.

Working in a border detachment since the start of the Russian invasion, Lomachenko, who under normal conditions would be under martial law barring all able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 60 from leaving the country, would benefit from a special government status that allows elite athletes to compete outside of Ukraine, with President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office even believing the fight would be great publicity for the Ukrainian cause.

But Loma, as he is called, a native of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, married with two children, renounced this privilege.

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